Assist Definition

ə-sĭst
assisted, assisting, assists
verb
assisted, assisting, assists
To give help or support to, especially as a subordinate or supplement; aid.
The clerk assisted the judge by looking up related precedents. Her breathing was assisted by a respirator.
American Heritage
To give help to; aid.
Webster's New World
To give help; aid.
Webster's New World
To give aid or support.
Who assisted during the operation?
American Heritage
To work with as a helper or assistant.
Webster's New World
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noun
assists
The act of giving aid; help.
Cleaned the garage with the assist of a friend.
American Heritage
An instance or act of helping.
Webster's New World
A fielding and throwing of a baseball in such a way that enables a teammate to put out a runner.
American Heritage
The act of a player who throws or deflects a batted ball in such a way that a teammate can make a putout.
Webster's New World
A pass, as in basketball or ice hockey, that enables the receiver to score.
American Heritage
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idiom
assist at
  • to be present at; attend
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Assist

Noun

Singular:
assist
Plural:
assists

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Assist

  • assist at

Origin of Assist

  • Middle English assisten from Old French assister from Latin assistere ad- ad- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French assister, from Latin assistere, both words meaning, "to assist."

    From Wiktionary

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